Becoming a pilot through cadetshipThere are many ways to pursue your dreams of becoming a pilot. One such way is through cadetship. This means that you complete your training in affiliation with an airline.
In some cases airlines will fund a certain percentage of training but, in many cases, students are still required to fund much of their own pilot education. The advantage being that the chances of obtaining a job as a pilot following training are higher.
It’s still important to achieve the highest possible grades and to impress during the course of your flight school education. Cadetship doesn’t guarantee a job, especially if your standard of exam results and practice isn’t high enough.
The actual training is the same as taking an ATPL course and the qualification is the same. It’s just that there’s less risk of not finding employment once you gain your licence.
You must be 18 years old or more to apply for a cadetship with an airline and you must also obtain a Class One medical.
This route can cut out some of the stresses of training to become a pilot. It may allow your headspace to be more focused on getting the best qualification you can and not as pre-occupied with finding a job afterwards. It means less pressure over sending CVs to various airlines in hope.
However, entry requirements to become a cadet are generally higher than flight school. If an airline is going to potentially offer you a job, they want you to be the best candidate they can find, so it’s understandable that it’s a tough way to start your pilot career!
A strong understanding of maths, physics and English are desirable and grades from school exams may be assessed before entry is granted.
It’s also possible that the airline granting the cadetship will have further requirements before accepting students and pass grades could be higher than the usual ATPL boundaries.
Interviews and assessments will measure aptitude and personal qualities that the airline is looking for. Advice, as always, is to be well prepared for any interview or testing situation. Research the airline fully before undertaking any activity that they have set for you.